BBC Introducing in the East Midlands joins Newark Festival

04/02/2016

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BBC Introducing in the East Midlands joins Newark Festival

Riverside Park, Newark Castle, Newark

Sunday 19 June 2016

Newark Festival will this year play host to 'BBC Introducing in the East Midlands'. The world respected music strand will join the free Sunday family day on June 19 to bring specially selected bands to the East Midlands.

Artists will be selected by BBC Radio Nottingham's Dean Jackson who hosts BBC Introducing across the BBC regional stations in the East Midlands at 8-10pm each Saturday.

Dean Jackson is a key driver in discovering new music across the area and working with the national BBC Introducing team to give that music a wider platform on Radio 1 and at festivals including Glastonbury and Radio 1's Big Weekend. Dean has also served as a judge on the prestigious Mercury Music Prize Panel.

Dean said, "It's important that we get out into the community and give a platform to local musicians and working with respected promoters like LHG Live in order to do that represents an excellent partnership for us. The more opportunities we can give local artists, not just with sessions on the radio or with plays of their songs, but actually being able to offer live opportunities is fantastic and at the core of what we believe at BBC Introducing."

CEO of LHG Live, Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE said, "We always try to ensure that what we bring to Newark Festival is genuine, exciting and accessible. Having the BBC Introducing presence on the festivals' Sunday Family day means that we are able to offer a platform for local talented artists and entertainment and that local feel underpins the Festival. We are very excited to be working with the BBC Introducing in the East Midlands team and Dean again, and we're looking forward to his input with fresh, exciting and original music."

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